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2020-06-26, poems

History Class in Texas

those phony rangers
of the texas textbook
tyranny, with
their cold hard stares
and bitchy remarks
in textbook reviews,
sitting in formation
like a cattle run from
san antonio to abilene
and to amarillo by
since there’s so many
children cooped
up in the high schools,
they have much power
deciding which version
of history shows
up in the textbooks.
north easterners, i know,
this sounds
concerning but
rest assured:

in all my years
in texas schools
i never once
picked up those shit
textbooks in
the classroom—